I have always been fascinated with patterns, textures, stained glass and tiles.
Te old and the new.
This is why I wanted to take the Technique de Mosaico (Mosaic Techniques) in Venice. I am looking forward learning different ways of working with mosaics and taking this newly learned thing back home!
I have started reading about Mosaics. How to avoid commonly made mistakes. Since the lecture is every other week, I have to be as productive as possible. I now have a week to work it out. I am hoping that I can crack on with work the week after.
I have always noted them.
I can see them in every place I have visited.
Maybe it is because I like working with simple shapes and turning them into something more elaborated.
I felt this when working with glass last year in the uni. I liked experimenting with it. Drawing the design. Choosing the colours. Cutting and placing the glass.
Since the work I did with the bulls-eye glass was an experiment (for not knowing the exact fusing temperatures) it was awesome to look at what happened with it once it went in the kiln (a couple of times)
Here is a brief story of the mosaic:
The history of mosaic goes back some 4,000 years or more, with the use of terracotta cones pushed point-first into a background to give decoration. By the eighth century BC, there were pebble pavements, using different coloured stones to create patterns, although these tended to be unstructured decoration. It was the Greeks, in the four centuries BC, who raised the pebble technique to an art form, with precise geometric patterns and detailed scenes of people and animals – http://www.thejoyofshards.co.uk/history/
I have also been reading about the different eras that have made a big impact on mosaics and looking at the differences between them.
So, at the moment I am working on the design that I’d like to make and also how the pieces would be placed. I have been asking myself questions like – Do I want to concentrate on the design and keep the colours as simple as possible? Do I want to concentrate on the colours rather than the design? What materials do I want to use?
I have to consider also that I have to buy the Tessere (pieces) because the uni does not provide it. And they are also very expensive.
I think for now, the most important thing id to learn the techniques well. Then when I go back to Cardiff, I can experiment with materials. I also know that I have to work on something relatively small so I can easily take it back.
Here are some photos of mosaics I have taken in Venice.
Here are also some things I’ve had saved in my computer for a while: